2007 Great Teacher Lecture Series

July 4th, 2007

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Washington DC Chapter was greatly honored by the presence of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on July 4 2007.

This event was held on July 4, 2007 at the headquarters of Art of Living Foundation (AOL) in Washington, DC. We were honored to also have Swami Dheerananda, the resident spiritual master (Acharya) of the Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Chapter (CMWRC). The lecture on "Empowerment Through Education" by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was arranged as a part of Great Teacher Lecture Series program of the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (Ekal) of USA.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji's talk on "Empowerment through Education"was highly inspirational and enlightening. He said education should be empowering, otherwise it does not serve any purpose. He said one needs to go beyond certificates and degrees and become an entrepreneur and caring person to take full advantage of education. He mentioned that in India, there is almost zero percent employment among the uneducated and 20% unemployment among the graduates and even higher among the post graduates. This shows that there is something lacking in our education system. He said we need to provide job related and entrepreneurial skills.

He said that education is a must for everyone and it should make an individual open minded, compassionate and willing to learn and to accept. He praised Ekal's efforts in extending the benefit of education to those who need it the most. Guruji then answered questions from the audience. Swamiji reflected the vision and wisdom of Chinmaya Mission. His simple example of everyday life reflected how great teachers guide the earnest learner and influence the development of the next generation.

Srimati Bharati Shah wife of Shri. Raj Shah (CEO, CTIS) an ardent supporter of Ekal Vidayalaya Foundation of USA presented a token of appreciation to Guru ji and Swami Dheerananda ji. Guruji also bestowed his blessings to both CMWRC and Ekal DC.

Ekal DC is thankful to Youth for Ekal Sewa (YES) and to volunteers of Art of Living for providing devotional music for the event. Master of ceremony was Ms. Monica Thakrar a volunteer of Ekal DC and Chinmaya Yuva Kendra. The program ended with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji guiding a meditation for peace.

Event was followed by sumptuous lunch for over 200 participants that was personally served by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji and Swami Dheerananda Ji.

The event was covered by Washington Post. The original article can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/04/AR2007070401609.html